Organizers of the Los Angeles Auto Show (LA Auto Show®) and AutoMobility LA™ today announced the winners of the 2018 hackathon, entitled Code AutoMobility LA, sponsored by Visa and General Motors (GM).
Tribal Scale won the grand prize of $40,000 for their in-car AI-driven e-commerce platform which allows consumers to purchase items directly from the vehicle for curbside pickup, eliminating parking needs. Pit Stop won second place and received $30,000 for their machine learning predictive maintenance solution for ride share drivers and EVHub won third place and received $15,000 for their monthly membership plan that improves consumer’s EV charger experience by charging one rate and eliminating the need for multiple apps.
“There is no singular solution to creating a world with Zero Crashes, Zero Emissions and Zero Congestion, and the pitches presented at this year’s coding challenge highlight the opportunity to bring this vision to life,” said Charles Thomas, Chief Data and Analytics Officer for General Motors. “The caliber of talent was exceptional, and we were impressed with the participants’ ability to develop data driven solutions that would positively impact the connected vehicle experience.”
This year, participants were tasked with developing innovative technology solutions that could help drivers and their passengers get to destinations safer and smarter, as well as make seamless in-car payments. They were given access to key insights and application-programming interfaces (APIs) from Visa, GM and the City of Los Angeles to help with their creations, which ranged from parking assistants, real time in-vehicle commerce, vehicular ticketing systems, and predictive maintenance, among others.
“We would like to congratulate the winners participated in this year’s event was exceptional. Teams explored various pain points for drivers and produced elevated experiences for the connected car, which will soon become the epicenter of commerce. We were thrilled to partner with GM at Code AutoMobility LA as we continue our journey to enable the in-car digital payment ecosystem.”
This year’s Code AutoMobility LA competition was evaluated by an esteemed panel of judges comprised of the following:
· Jaclyn Trop, automotive reporter, Fortune
· Charles Thomas, chief data and analytics officer, GM
· Jay Kim, assistant general manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation
· Marco Pavone, assistant professor and director, Autonomous Systems Laboratory, Stanford University
· Mark Jamison, senior vice president, Global Innovation and Design, Visa
The winners were announced and awarded at AutoMobility LA on Tuesday, November 27 as part of the show’s conference programming.